2014 Open Hardware Summit Rome, Italy

Tinito writes,  ” I’m attending the Open Hardware Summit 2014 in Rome, and I wanted to share a few moments of it. Not actually a “live coverage” due to connectivity issues..” David Cuartielles talking about the importance of people for the open hardware movement: open hardware is not useful by itself, its people making great […]

OpenRISC Conference 2014, Germany

ORCONF has announced plans for their OpenRISC conference. “The annual OpenRISC conference, orconf, will be hosted October 11-12 in Munich, Germany this year. Focus will be on OpenRISC, but we will also have presenters from the RISC-V project and Lattice among others. The conference is free thanks to our sponsors, and more information can be found […]

DEFCON 22: WarKitteh – cat on the warprowl

Why do the wardriving yourself when your cat can do it for you? Gene Bransfield gave this presentation at the recent DEFCON 22 conference, describing his efforts to use domestic pets wearing WiFi sniffer/GPS logging gear to essentially warprowl for WiFi hotspots. There’s also DoSdog, a standard pooch wearing a backpack concealing a Hak5 Pineapple, […]

Electromagnetic Field camp August 29-31, 2014

The 2014 Electromagnetic Field camp is set for August 29-31, 2014. This annual gathering will be held in Bletchley, UK, and feature a camping festival with a power grid and high-speed internet access; a temporary village of geeks, crafters, and technology enthusiasts that’s lit up by night, and buzzing with activity during the day. Previous […]

Video: Using superpowers for hardware reverse engineering

Prior to delivering a presentation at today’s DEFCON, hardware hacking guru Joe Grand gave this talk at BSidesLV held August 5-6, 2014 in Las Vegas. Joe describes, “[s]uperpowers, normally used by superheroes in the battle of good versus evil, are also accessible to engineers and hackers in equipment used for failure analysis and verification of […]

DEFCON badge update

Parallax has announced the details on the DEFCON 22 badge. “The badge is based around the Propeller P8X32A 32-bit Multicore Microcontroller. The circuit consists of a Propeller (microcontroller, EEPROM, clock), an infrared LED and receiver for badge-to-badge communication, a bank of eight LEDs for visual feedback, four button touch pads and a USB circuit for […]

DEFCON 22 badge revealed

DEFCON badge master Ryan Clarke has revealed the design for this upcoming weekend’s DEFCON 22 conference credentials. “The badge features a circuit board and several LEDs. Buried within it, however, are crypto-puzzles, electronic Easter eggs, and a backstory about things that aren’t what they seem. The underlying theme riffs on John Carpenter’s 1988 sci-fi cult […]

ZaCon badge development log

ZaCon is a community driven infosec conference held at the Kingsway Campus of the University of Johannesburg, South Africa. Andrew Nohawk developed the ZaCon V badge using an Arduino and RF components. He provides a detailed chronicle of his design and development process in this post. He explains, “For ZaCon V I built some electronic […]

Google Summer of Code 2014

Michael Ossmann, co-developer of the HackRF open source SDR platform, writes reminding us that the deadline for student’s entries for the Google Summer of Code 2014 is fast approaching. If you or someone you know is a college student who would like to spend the summer getting paid to work on open source source software, […]

HOPE X conference preregistation opens

Our friends from 2600 write informing us of the kickoff of preregistration for their HOPE X conference. We’ll be offering tickets for sale at a discounted rate from the door price. The direct link to the ordering form is http://store.2600.com/hopextickets.html. Tickets will be emailed to you later this month. That also applies if you’ve participated […]

HOPE-X half price tickets Wednesday

Our friends over at 2600 are once again offering a discount on tickets to their 2014 conference: In case you weren’t one of the lucky ones who managed to snag a discounted ticket in November, we’re having a special $99 ticket offer this Wednesday (December 11, 2013) at 2 pm ET. HOPE-X will be taking […]

HOPE-X half price tickets Tuesday

Our friends over at 2600 are offering a discount on tickets to their 2014 conference: Greetings, We wanted to make sure you were aware of the next conference in the Hackers On Planet Earth series. It’s our tenth conference and we’re calling it HOPE-X. And we have a very special promotion taking place **this Tuesday** […]

Video: R-Pi, media centers and AppleTV

In this presentation from the September 29, 2013 session of the Derbycon conference in Louisville, KY, David Schuetz, Senior Consultant with Intrepidus Group, demonstrates the use of the R-Pi as a media center and content server. He devised the project as a way to entertain his children on car trips, now that they’ve graduated from […]

Video – JTAGulator: Assisted discovery of on-chip debug interfaces

Joe Grand presented on the JTAGulator at this weekend’s Derbycon conference in Louisville, KY. We previously posted about Joe’s JTAGulator, which is an open source tool which assists in identifying on-chip debugging (OCD) and/or programming connections from test points, vias, or component pads on a target piece of hardware. The JTAGulator is available from Parallax […]

44CON to include HackRF presentation

We understand that Michael Ossmann will deliver a talk entitled ” Reverse Engineering with HackRF” at the 44CON conference. This talk will consist of one long demonstration of how to use HackRF to reverse engineer a proprietary radio system. 44CON is an annual Information Security Conference and Training event taking place in London. Designed to […]

DEFCON XXI online contest

With DEF CON XXI scheduled for August 1-4, 2013 in Las Vegas, NV, the conference crew has posted an online Human Badge Challenge. The challenge consists of a word search puzzle contaning contest names, along with a hidden puzzle element. Download their Contest PDF for contest and entry rules, puzzle hints and links to submit […]

I just donated to Open Hardware Summit, did you?

This is our fourth year sponsoring the Open Hardware Summit happening September 6, 2013 at MIT.  You can be a sponsor too: The summit relies on forward-thinking donors to help cover costs of venue, catering, multimedia and more, so that we can keep ticket prices low, and ensure that we can offer a truly open, accessible […]

Videos: Propeller Con 2013

Attention Propellerheads! If you’re looking for something to fill up a lazy Summer day, look no further than the videos from the 2013 Propeller Conference. This con took place in May at the Parallax headquarters in Rocklin, CA, and featured presentations on all things Propeller, including the impending Propeller 2. If the above video leaves […]

Open Hardware Summit 2013 call for papers

The Open Hardware Summit 2013 has issued a call for papers. The Open Hardware Summit is a venue to present, discuss, and learn about open hardware of all kinds. The summit examines open hardware and its relation to other issues, such as software, design, business, law, and education. This year’s summit will be held September […]